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Friday, May 11, 2012

Word Play: Story Orgy Vol. 1 by Em Woods, Lee Brazil, Haven Fellows, Hank Edwards, JR Boyd

Word Play: Story Orgy Vol. 1 by Em Woods, Lee Brazil, Haven Fellows, Hank Edwards, JR Boyd
Publisher: Breathless Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length Full Length (251 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play/Intercourse, mild BDSM
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Harper’s Discovery by Em Woods

When Harper finally sees the light and dumps his cheating boyfriend, can Pitt convince Harper to trust him enough to let it all go?

Wicked Reflection by Hank Edwards

A sexy bad-boy neighbor, a handsome detective investigating an unsolved murder, and ghostly warnings help Kirk uncover the deadly secret within his new house.

Harlan’s Ryde: Synchronous Seductions, Book 1 by Havan Fellows

Ryder made a mistake Harlan can't forgive. Will Ryder cross a line no man should cross to obtain a second chance?

Off The Beaten Path by JR Boyd

Best friends and landscaping entrepreneurs Mitch Sterling and Colby Merritt enjoy their comradeship. Can scouting country roads for business opportunities unveil a lifetime of passion?

The Park At Sunrise by Lee Brazil

First they were three, now they are two. Can Jason and Morgan make a relationship work without Paul?

Five wonderfully talented authors prove that rewards come when you lose control, heed timely advice, give second chances, stop for a swim, and keep an overdue promise.

Harper’s Discovery by Em Woods

A sensual dance at a night club is only the beginning of the tango Harper and Pitt are pairing up for. Ms. Wood builds the tempo in this sexually charged short, dials it back down and immediately turns the heat right back up. Not unlike a roller-coaster, you’ll walk away a little breathless. Harper puts up a good front that he doesn’t need a new boyfriend after he tells his ex to hit the bricks. That’s fine because Pitt isn’t looking for a part-time playmate either. I thought Pitt put it succinctly when he said “You are mine. And tonight I’m going to show you why.” Ms. Woods has become one of my favorite M/M writers because of her characterization and clever story lines. Harper’s Discovery is no exception. The story line of Pitt and Harper becoming a couple is hot with some mild BDSM elements but there’s a whole other sub-plot that she sneaks in that gives their novella real substance. Dynamic chemistry is good but it’s how they deal with “life” outside the bedroom that proves their worth.

Wicked Reflection by Hank Edwards

Moving into a house with a history can be an exciting new venture or, in Kirk’s case, a paranormal adventure with potentially deadly consequences. Strange mirror messages are the least of his worries when things that go bump in the night turn out to be flesh and blood who have no qualms with spilling more blood. Who can Kirk trust? The sexy bad boy neighbor, Alan, comes on fast and strong but he clearly has a past. Whereas, Detective Lance is asking a lot of questions but he seems interested in keeping Kirk safe while solving a year old murder case. Someone isn’t telling the whole truth but they both know how best to distract Kirk from digging too deep. Author Hank Edwards doesn’t just tease you with a quick glance into these characters lives even if this is a short story. Wicked Reflection is the longest of the shorts in this collection and the detail is incredible. The minute Kirk receives his first message from beyond I was hooked to see who was communicating with Kirk and why. The story takes several twists and turns but it all comes together in an exciting and satisfying conclusion.

Harlan’s Ryde by Haven Fellows

Who could blame Harlan for wanting to throw Ryder out of his house ASAP when he shows up out the blue seven years after ripping Harlan’s heart into tiny unrecognizable pieces? Too bad it’s that not quite mended organ that also suddenly beats a little stronger when Ryder goes all smirky alpha on him. I had a love/annoyed relationship with Ryder. I couldn’t hate him but I was very upset with the way he stomped all over poor Harlan’s sincere proposal in the beginning. Having said that, they were college kids at the time. They’re expected to do stupid stuff, right? When he puts time, effort and money into finding Harlan, though, I had to give him a pass. Seriously, this guy is so sure (and yet unsure) of himself I couldn’t decide if I wanted to laugh or sock him in the arm on Harlan’s behalf. In the end I decided to simply keep reading and see how Harlan would handle him. I knew it would take a lot more than sweet talk to win Harlan over but as Ryder himself put it “I do love a challenge”. Ms. Fellow’s writing is so fun and vivid it was easy to see that Harlan and Ryder had both matured over the seven year separation. Harlan may be drawn to Ryder like a bee to honey but he didn’t make it easy on him. If you follow Ms. Fellows on the social sites you can hear her vivacious personality come through in her characters dialogue and chemistry. She's mentioned that her first solo project will be out soon. The new story details Harlan's best friend, Ritchie's journey to what's sure to be a snarky but fun HEA. After meeting him here, I can't wait to see how he gets there! You don’t want to miss Harlan and Ryder’s story. It’s clever, heart warming and a delicious sampling of a terrific story teller.

Off The Beaten Path by JR Boyd

Is there a better beginning for a forever relationship than two people who have been best friends since childhood? They know all about one another: The good, the bad and all the reasons to take a chance to see if the feelings are mutual. Mitch and Colby are best buds who have kept their feelings for another a secret far too long. A hot summer day, a dirt road swimmin’ hole and a few beers give them motivation and opportunity to test more than the ponds temperature. Their tentative and teasing touches put me in mind of Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken. The men have come to a point in the relationship where simple friendship isn’t enough anymore but are they willing to take the steps that can never been taken back? Author JR Boyd is unapologetic in his writing M/M stories. When Mitch and Colby mutually decide to pursue the chemistry between them it’s hot, dirty and graphic…with a soundtrack that perfectly sets the mood for this beautiful story. Even before the men act on their sexual chemistry I could feel their bond that began as children. They way they talk to one another, the joking, the impromptu duets; it all gave an honest sense of realism to their story. I could see myself re-reading this later.

The Park at Sunset by Lee Brazil

One of the more solemn stories of this anthology, The Park at Sunset took me back to happier times for three men who loved each other as youth, never considering the future might not hold plans for all three of them together. Morgan had convinced himself that Jason couldn’t want him if Paul wasn’t with them as well. An invitation to a gallery opening and painting that captured a perfect moment in time, serve as the needed catalyst to send Morgan back home to Colorado and a reunion he never imagined would happen. This is a very emotional and vivid story with a happy, healing ending but fans of Lee Brazil’s writing have come to expect that kind of depth in his writing. Mr. Brazil has a talent for digging deep into a characters psyche and pulling their deepest emotions to the surface in a way that’s almost as heart wrenching to the reader as it is to the characters. I know when I read one of his stories I’ll close the last page knowing my heart has been touched, that my soul has been affected. Bottom line: There is no light and fluffy to a Lee Brazil story. But there is poetry between the pages. One of many poignant lines from this short that was a total awe moment for me was “As a kiss melted into a kiss and a caress to culmination, no words were spoken”. The Park at Sunset is a short story that will be with you long after you finish this anthology.

The Story Orgy authors are a wonderful blend of unique writing voices who compliment one another. You’ll be glad you picked up this newest anthology to sample their writing talent. Do yourself a favor and get your copy of Word Play. You’ll laugh, cry and sigh from page one to two-hundred fifty one!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I Got a Feelin’ by Lea Kinkade

I Got a Feelin’ by Lea Kinkade
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (201 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Plumeria

Ryan Chisholm, one of the infamous "flirt twins" of the powerful and wealthy Chisholm family, isn't looking to settle down. He's just looking for a good time while he and his twin build up their nightclub, Chaps & Spurs. He doesn't want to be Mr. Right for anyone right now. However, once he meets Samantha, he wonders if he can't be Mr. Right Now for the blonde-haired beauty.

Samantha Michaels is starting over with a new job in a new town. She has sworn off men, especially rich, spoiled playboys like Ryan Chisholm. Ryan is a handsome, wealthy playboy and is strictly off the menu as far as Samantha's concerned. She knows from experience that she doesn't have the pedigree necessary to be taken seriously by a wealthy and influential man. Life has taught her to depend on no one but herself, and she doesn't intend to forget it.

What do you get when you mix a upper class, rich playboy and a lower class, grew-up-in-the-system girl?

A very sweet love story. Were you thinking drama and fireworks? Oh, those are there, too. But it’s more in the form of mama drama and fireworks in the bedroom.

Samantha Michaels is a strong willed business owner that's new to town. She grew up in foster care and after years of working hard, was able to become partner in flower shop with her good friend. After some jerk forces her out of her livelihood, she has to leave town and basically start over. Her determination to make her own way is something to admire given her circumstances.

Ryan Chisholm, one half of the ‘Flirt Twins’, likes to play hard when it comes to women, but he actually works hard, too. That was good to see. When you think playboy you think all fun and no business but that’s not the case here. Ryan is very involved in the club he owns with his twin, and with his family’s ranching business. He’s a known serial dater, but if you looked like him, wouldn’t you?

What I loved about Ryan and Samantha together is that they were actually quite opposite. Him being so close knit with his family, and her having no one while growing up in foster care. Samantha is closed off from the world along with her feelings and Ryan is more ‘what you see is what you get’ when it comes to what he wants and expects. But, once they get on the same page everything is very yin and yang between them.

I did have a few minor issues with this book. One was the same position for several love making scenes. Ryan is, in a word, "experienced", so sex in the missionary position left me feeling a wee bit let down. It's well written scenes, I just expected more variety. And my other complaint was the amount of filler throughout the book. We had a lot of scenes where I knew every little detail about everything. Ms. Kinkade writes really good dialogue where it's included. There simply needs to be more showing and less telling.

Lea Kinkade has created a strong, loving and overall amazing family with the Chisholm’s. They pull you in with their personalities but hook you with their love for each other. This series is an auto-buy for me, and with Dillon’s story coming up next I’m chomping at the bit to start it!

The Burn List by Julia Devlin

The Burn List by Julia Devlin
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (79 pgs)
Other: M/F, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Plumeria

After spending her thirtieth birthday with her parents, straight-as-an-arrow Abby Simmons drowns her sorrows in a bottle of tequila and a splash of margarita mix. All she wants is a little excitement, one chance to go wild before she settles back into her regularly scheduled life. Fueled by liquid courage, Abby sets out to give herself the perfect gift—her bad-boy neighbor, firefighter Lukas Marlow.

Sure, Lukas likes intoxicated girls looking to turn their fantasies into reality as much as the next guy, but this is sweet little Abby. Definitely on the do-not-touch list. Determined to save her from embarrassment, he sends her away with an order to sleep it off and a promise to fulfill her desires in the sober light of day. Confident he’s scared her away for good, nothing could have shocked him more than an email from Abby the next morning, outlining her sexual to-do list.

Turns out his quiet neighbor isn’t such a good girl after all, and Lukas has no other choice but to make her burn.

What happens when you mix tequila and an uptight accountant on her birthday? I’ll give you a hint, it includes a sexy fireman!

What you get is a smokin’ hot, should not be read around people, sexy book about Lukas the fireman and the not-as-she-seems, Abby. Basically the book begins with Abby down in the dumps over hitting the dreaded milestone birthday of 30. Being the “smart” one in the family, she grew up from her unexciting childhood into her unexciting life to be an unexciting accountant and was depressed on her unexciting birthday. Can’t say I blame her! After a little run in with shirtless Lukas, she is driven to drink.

At the end of a batch of margaritas, heavy on the tequila, she has an epiphany. Like some people, being drunk makes her lose all inhibitions and she knocks on Lukas’ door looking for a good time. Of course Lukas is not only sexy, he’s also sweet, making him a double threat. He’s too nice of a guy to take advantage of a half dressed, uber drunk Abby. So he tells her to sober up and make a list of all the fantasies she wants Lukas to help her with. If she hasn’t dug a hole and disappeared into it come morning, Lukas would help her. Of course he had no idea Miss Prim and Proper would have a backbone made of steel.

I really loved this book! I loved how Abby starts out as this closed bud of a flower, beautiful yet simple. Then as the story progresses she blooms under Lukas’ touch. He feeds her passion and confidence every time they are together. Because of Lukas, Abby is able to get past the largest bump in her road and blossoms into this huge, beautiful rose. One that has many layers and is full of life. As for Lukas, what’s not to love? First off he’s sexy. Second he’s a fireman, making him a hero. Third, did I mention he was sexy? What really drew me to Lukas was the sharp edge he has. While Lukas isn’t a hard core Dom, he dabbles in it. And boy is he good when he dabbles. He knows exactly how Abby needs to be handled, and even though he comes off as a jerk at times, it’s all because Lukas is a nice guy deep down and actually cares about Abby’s feelings.

I hope that Julia Devlin turns this into a series, each starring another guy from the fire house. I’d especially love to see Trevor, Lukas’ best friend taken down a peg or three by a woman.

If you like a book that makes you hot under the collar and leads you to jumping someones bones, then look no farther!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

College Boys by Daisy Harris

College Boys by Daisy Harris
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (105 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Voyeurism
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Peppermint

When soccer star Chris Fischer moves next door to an openly gay classmate, he doesn't realize the wall between their rooms will be so thin he'll hear his neighbor's every move. But soon he and Peter become friends, and Chris is intrigued—imagining what happens on the other side of the wall.

Active on the Queer Student Council, Peter Cohen wishes he wasn't so damn hot for his straight neighbor. He can't tell if Chris is flirting or in denial or what, but Chris's innocent overtures lure Peter into flirtation that throws his world into chaos. Peter doesn't want to date a closet case, but he desperately, passionately wants Chris.

Soon Chris must choose whether to run away from his new feelings or embrace a relationship with the guy he loves. And Peter must decide if he can give his heart to a guy who hasn't yet figured it all out.

The last thing Peter wanted was to be forced back in the closet, even if it was for the sexiest jock on campus. Chris may have seen himself as straight, but it was clear to Peter that he was not as straight as he would like others to believe. The question is, was he trying to deceive others, or was he deceiving himself?

Peter seems like the kind of person anyone would love to be around whether they are straight, gay or in between. Some people just have a personality that draws others to them like a magnet. This magnetism made the character realistic to this reader. I could picture him sitting on the bed discussing everyday life with me the same way he did with his BFF Nathaniel. This aspect is what immediately drew me into the story and helped to keep my interest throughout.

Chris on the other hand was your typical self-conscious college kid trying to find himself. Personal loss made this search even more critical. Going to college away from home is tough enough, but dealing with the death of a loved one made this more tense. I think Chris’s story of self-discovery is inspirational to anyone whether they be straight or gay; male, or female. I could not help but be awed by how accepting he seemed to be of everything. Whether it be the fact that he was friends with a gay man, or that he started to have a tingly feeling every time he thought about Peter. He seemed to take everything in stride and just go with what felt right to him.

It's been a while since I read a story that I knew the characters would stick with me, and this is one of those stories. I have no doubt that Chris and Peter will be replaying their story in my head for at least the next week.  I would recommend this story to anyone who loves inspiring story lines and characters.

Love’s Rhythm by Lexxie Couper

Love’s Rhythm by Lexxie Couper
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (194 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Dahlia

His music moves the world. Can his love move her heart?

Nick Blackthorne knows all about words of love. They’re the reason he’s the world’s biggest rock star. The irony? He turned his back on love a long time ago, lured away by the trappings of fame.

An invitation to a friend’s wedding is a stark reminder of how meaningless his life has become. When he enters that church, there’s only one woman he wants on his arm—the one he walked out on a lifetime ago. But first he has to find her, even if all she accepts from him is an apology.

Kindergarten teacher Lauren Robbins once had what every woman on the planet desires. Nick. Their passion was explosive, their romance the stuff of songs…and it took fifteen years to get over him. Then out of the blue Nick turns up at her door, and all those years denying her ache for him are shattered with a single, smoldering kiss.

But molten passion can’t hide the secret she’s kept for all these years. Because it’s not just her heart on the line anymore…and not just her life that’ll be rocked by the revelation.

Nick Blackthorne made his choice. Fifteen years ago, he chose to become a rock star and walked away from the woman who was the love of his young life. Now he's a man in his mid-thirties on the verge of making a comeback after a two-year stage absence and he finally realizes what he’s been missing. The women, the money, the fame, none of it means anything to Nick in this new sober light of day. After hitting rock bottom in his personal life, Nick is determined to at least apologize for hurting the woman who was his musical muse. Will she accept and maybe just maybe take him back?

She was supposed to have the happy-ever-after with the rock star. It wasn’t supposed to happen this way, but Lauren Robbins has moved on. Her life was forever changed the day Nick walked out of her life and chose the life of a rock star over their relationship. Then again, a few months after that fateful day someone else entered her life and became the center of her world. And so she had even more reason to move on even if the memories make it sometimes impossible. However, Lauren's stable life is about to get rocked by the one man who still holds a place in her heart.

Sweet, romantic, humorous, emotional, and erotic, this story has everything that a story of reuniting two lost souls should have. It's incredibly hard not to get sucked in to this love story from the first page and the pacing makes it an unstoppable read once started. Nick's epiphany is a long time in coming and his journey towards redemption is bittersweet, but extremely hot. While Lauren musts rectify the decisions she made and battle logic versus heart. Wound recovery and trust needs to be rebuilt if they are to have a chance, yet their physical rhythm together is instantaneous and magic.

A sigh-worthy tale with plenty of witty dialogue, appealing characters, and a reunion to end all reunions. This story is a memorable read from start to finish and any contemporary romance reader who hasn't given Lexxie Couper's stories a try should most definitely do so.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Screwdriver by Mari Carr

Screwdriver by Mari Carr
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (116 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

When Jordan Lance isn’t poring over spreadsheets for Books and Brew, she’s fantasizing about the store’s landlord. Too bad she’s squarely in Gabriel’s “just friends” column. Jordan’s prepared to pine forever—until she meets Casey. The handyman is hot, handsome, charming…and Gabriel’s best friend. Suddenly her wicked fantasies are porntastic times two.

Casey has suspected his friend’s interest in Jordan. If he can push them together, he might get Gabriel off the bimbo train he’s been riding. The plan? Jealousy. And it’s working. It’s not long before Gabriel’s deeper feelings for Jordan emerge. Problem is…so do Casey’s. What happens when two friends want the same woman? Red-hot ménage, baby.

Two gorgeous men exploring every inch of her body? Um, yes please! Jordan doesn’t know if threesomes are considered acceptable, but she’s sure of one thing—being this bad feels far too good.

Jordan never imagined jumping back into the dating scene would lead to not one, but two men vying for her attention!

Secret lustful fantasies about her hot landlord have gotten Jordan exactly nowhere except sexually frustrated. Well, that and ganged up on by her well meaning girlfriends. A hasty promise, an A/C on the blitz and a really handy, handyman soon force Jordan and Gabriel to admit to their feelings and take the plunge that pushes them straight out of the friends arena forever.

The second book of the Cocktail series shines its spotlight on the insecure, introverted bookkeeper for Books & Brews, Jordan Lance. Let me tell you, this girl knows how to create a daytime fantasy! If only she had the courage to act on those desires. It was fun to watch her “pull up her big girl panties” and decide to give Casey a chance. I had no trouble buying into the premise of best friends (Jordan and Gabe) without the benefits scenario. Casey is the perfect catalyst to force Gabe to see what he would lose by not taking a chance with Jordon. But what if Casey isn’t just playing at being interested in Jordon? If two’s company, threes a guaranteed everybody gets naked party! (Insert Party Rock Anthem here.)

Ms. Carr does a fine job of packing plenty of detail and tension into this novella to give me time to get to know all three protagonists. If you read Party Naked, Stephanie and Jared’s story, you met them all briefly but it was merely a tease to see how and when they would get together.

There are glimpses into both the past and the present for all three characters to give them a solid foundation. In fact, Gabriel’s “past” manages to throw a minor ripple into their otherwise comfortable, if not unconventional, threesome. I liked how Ms. Carr handles a situation that could have been blown completely out sorts. Communication is an amazing solution to all sorts of problems.

The relationship between Casey and Gabe goes back quite a few years and is completely platonic. It was easy to see they care about one anothers happiness. Though almost complete opposites they totally compliment each other.

The writing is smooth and flawless without a lot of crazy timeline jumps I often see in short stories. When I pick up an erotic short I know that the sexual attraction is going to be pretty much instant and the action is going to be fast and furious. I expect it. Ms. Carr still manages to build the anticipation and tension before rewarding her readers with a chemical explosion hot enough to scorch your e-reader. The use of daytime fantasies kept the heat building steadily without overwhelming the real action.

There are two more single ladies at Books & Brews (what a clever concept, BTW) who are ripe for their own spicy HEA. I’ll be keeping an eye out for the Sophie and Jayne to meet their matches, hopefully, in the near future.

For now, pick up the second book in Mari Carr’s new Cocktail series. A little bit of vodka, a splash of OJ and a whole lot fun.

Uptown Dragon by Cynthia Sax

Big City: Uptown Dragon by Cynthia Sax
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (40 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Foxglove

Some women age well. Hailey doesn't age at all. She knows she must be some type of paranormal yet she's never met another being like her... until she meets Oro. This arrogant, handsome dragon shifter claims she is his mate, and insists they bond immediately.

Oro is a golden dragon shifter. He is handsome and strong and a dragon so he doesn't understand why Hailey refuses to bond with him. He covers her with molten gold and sets her body ablaze, yet she continues to refuse his advances. What more can a female dragon want... than him?

Life can be complicated when you know you aren’t human, but don’t know exactly what you are. Hailey has no idea what she is, only that she doesn’t age, and men rarely can handle more than one romantic encounter with her. When she and her companion, Ember, step across the threshold to Oro’s high end jewelry shop, she's drawn to the gold in the cases, and decides this is the job they will take: as assistants to the owner himself.

Oro recognizes immediately that Hailey's a dragon, and more importantly, his mate. He accepts her as his ‘assistant’ for the time being, and sets out to make her more than that. After all, he is a prime specimen of male dragon, rich and available: what more could Hailey desire? As for Hailey, she's delighted that Oro is a match for her, but she wants to be wanted for herself, not just because she's that rarest of beings, a female dragon. She wants his heart, not just the mating bond. Can Oro give Hailey what she wants as well as what they both need? Is there a perfect match or just the shared attraction of the gold between them?

Cynthia Sax has written a hot but endearing story of one dragon’s search for love, liberally laced with lots of lust and passion. This world is an intriguing place, with paranormal living side by side with humans, and strange friendships in place. The characters are well defined with humor and personalities unique to each. I like that Hailey’s best friend, Ember, is a wolf shifter with a pet Chihuahua, and is fully aware of the pitfalls that surround Hailey.

Hailey is a wonderful character, loyal to her friend, and determined to find her place in the world. There's a vulnerability to her, in spite of the dragon strength she has, because she wants to be loved, not because she's a dragon, but in spite of it. When Oro tries to claim her as his mate, she holds back, hoping he can prove that she means more to him than just what she is. I love Hailey’s determination to be reckoned with as an equal, not a mating toy. She's smart, sassy and gives as good as she gets.

Oro is strong, rich and yet lonely. He has despaired of ever finding his true mate, and has been willing to settle for much less before Hailey appeared in his store. Once he sees her, touches her, he knows she's his mate, but must find a way to win her, proving to her how much she means to him. I like Oro’s sense of humor, and his sneaky ploys to try to win Hailey to his side.

There's a terrific cast of secondary characters in this, from Ember the wolf shifter sidekick to Russ, Oro’s partner, a red haired, freckled vampire with a wanna-be vamp girlfriend. Each character brings a unique bit of flair to this hot little story, and nothing is hotter than Oro’s seduction of Hailey on his office desk. The subterfuge he uses and the lengths he goes to win Hailey will delight anyone who likes hot and delicious happy ever after in a story.

Wet Ride by Samantha Cayto

Wet Ride by Samantha Cayto
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (49 pages)
Other: M/F, BDSM, anal play, sex toys
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Carnation

Transplanted Boston executive, Emily Driscoll, is taking San Antonio by storm. A take charge kind of woman, she controls her business and personal relationships with the same ruthless efficiency. Her secret desire, however, is to give control to a strong man who will show her a little discipline and a lot of love. A naughty sex toy party has armed her with the weapons she needs to surrender. If she can only find the right man to wield them.

General contractor, Kevin Brandt, has the right tools in his belt to keep a lady happy. He wields a flogger and a hammer with equal skill. He’s on the prowl for a strong woman who will trust him with her body. It takes only a little coaxing to get this button-downed Northerner to put herself in his clever hands.

A weekend playing with Emily’s toys shuts out the rest of the world. But come Monday, social rules and an old flame threaten to sever their binds. They have to fight to keep their new-found delights from swirling down the drain.

What do a sexy, cut general contractor and a powerful, successful businesswoman find in common? To start with--a pretty, pink bag of ‘edgy’ sex toys…

Emily, executive vice president in a large national company, is tired of looking and feeling bored. For her 33rd birthday she treats herself to a bag of sex toys at a party given by a good friend. Many of her new toys suggest that the powerful, control-driven woman is wishing for a submissive role in bed.

She finds just what she’s longing for in Kevin, the new contractor she hires to redo her master bedroom suite. Aside from the obvious, ‘works well with hands’, Kevin is tall, lean and gorgeous. He's also an intense, sexually dominant man who immediately sees the possibilities in a relationship with a woman like Emily .

The attraction between them is irresistible. After a home cooked dinner, Kevin takes Emily up on her invitation for him to lead her. Eager and willing, he takes her on a path she’s never been down before to the most fulfilling and fabulous sex she’s ever had. Neither one wants to give up their new found joy in each other. But too soon Emily’s past shows up on her doorstep to interfere.

This roaring hot tale is full of interesting surprises and great ideas! I was thoroughly entertained on every level. I enjoyed how Ms. Cayto led the reader through the emotional and sexual adventure of Emily’s life which was a personal revelation at a critical time. Kevin is perfect for this experience and I hoped that the two would make their way to a happy ever after because he made that so easy to envision.

Great characters, new horizons, exciting fun, amazing sex...Wet Ride has it all. I recommend this great little read to everyone.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Forever Wicked: Always by Megan Slayer

Forever Wicked: Always by Megan Slayer
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (56 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Peter Pan grew up, all right.

Peter Pan was supposed to be the boy who never grew up. Then Neverland blew sky high. Now he's very much an adult and playing adult games. There's one woman he wants for his bed, his cuffs, his toys... yeah, he's ready to do all sorts of naughty things to Wendy. If he can find her.

Wendy Darling never expected Peter to come back. She'd grown up and moved on -- to write white-hot BDSM tales. Can her perfect Dom be the one man she never thought she'd see all grown up?

I no longer have to wonder what would happen if Peter Pan grew into manhood. Oh my! For that matter, I certainly never expected to find Wendy in Ohio writing steamy BDSM fiction. Author Megan Slayer gives new definition to creative license with this hot little novella.

Set in a futuristic time period and yet on Earth, Pan is still in the business of protecting the inhabitants of Neverland who were displaced when the Neverland we knew was blown away in a war for the ages. Captain Hook isn’t around to hunt the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily, Peter or the fairies but that doesn’t mean they’re safe. Quite the opposite, actually. As is typical, hypocritical people try to ostracize what they don’t understand, even when they secretly pay to play with them behind closed doors. Those “closed doors” lead into the wildly popular BDSM night club owned by a now fully grown and restless Peter Pan.

There is A LOT going on in this terrifically clever short. Almost all of the characters I knew and loved from the classic are present in titillating circumstances. I had more than one “Oh, Wow” moment while reading this book. Wendy isn’t the only Darling child who couldn’t leave Neverland behind but I’ll just have to hold on to hope that Ms. Slayer has plans to give us more of Michael and John’s story.

As I mentioned, Capt. Hook isn’t around to cause trouble but that doesn’t mean Peter is free of the Hook influence. Wendy also had a run in with the present day Hook and one of his cronies who take all the fulfillment and pleasure out of the BDSM experience. Ms. Slayer does an excellent job of making the villains' extra villainy complete with eye patches and bad attitudes.

I liked how Ms. Slayer built the tension between Wendy and Peter when they first meet face to face after being apart for so long. Wendy has grown into quite a self-sufficient woman and she has every intention of telling Peter he can fly right back out the window he came in. Old habits die hard, I guess. Peter and Wendy connected as children and that bond may have been stretched but it was never actually broken. Wendy is a bit sassier than I remembered but I think part of that is simply a false bravado so Peter doesn’t see right away how much she still very much loves him. Is he man enough now to be with a woman who’s experienced and in need of a strong, dominant man? He certainly has the right tools!

I’m really hoping Ms. Slayer plans to put her clever and creative mind to some other childhood favorites. I bet she could have a field day with Tarzan, Cinderella, Snow White and The Beauty and the Beast! Just sayin’….

Do yourself a favor and GET THIS BOOK! It’s fun and deliciously dark all at the same time. Don’t miss it!

Stolen by Sarah Makela

Super Powered: Stolen by Sarah Makela
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (74 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Plumeria

Regina Blake is a normal secretary until there's trouble -- then she becomes the Dark Huntress. Things are about to change when she meets a man whose electrifying power is a fine match to her own, and he's set on winning her heart. To top it off, there's a string of bank robberies which escalate into the high profile kidnapping of a famous actor.

Michael Flynn hadn't realized the extent of superhero and supervillain society. When he rushes to a bank to find it destroyed, he meets a black-latex-clad woman who makes his pulse race. As he's drawn deeper into her world, he finds himself intrigued and eager to have her.

Who’s interested in a comic book-esque storyline with a bit of spice? You can’t see me, but I’m raising my hand.

Regina Blake is just a typical, run of the mill secretary. On the outside that is. When no one is looking and crime is being committed she is the superhero, “Dark Huntress”. She has inhuman powers that help her save the world from evil doers. Regina is extremely dedicated to her work and, with the help of the government, in a secret plan to keep the world safe. Comic book, right?

Then there is Michael Flynn, hottie attorney by day, “Electrifier” by night. Unlike Regina he fights for what’s right at all times. It becomes apparent that Michael is driven in all aspects of his life. Yet you are endeared by his naivety when it comes to the world of “super” beings. Not having met many people sharing his unique abilities, nor realizing that the government was aware of such people is all an eye opening experience for our hero.

The fireworks between Regina and Michael are instant, even on page one. I really liked how they didn’t fight the attraction and understood that sometimes you have to work together to obtain a common goal. Falling in love is just a bonus in this instance. The tension of having to hide one’s true self visibly disappears as our hero and heroine grow closer together.

Overall, I’d have to say I’m 50/50 with this book. I loved the plot as a whole. Being a fan of superheros and comics, this is just my kind of storyline. Adding to the story with a rich character is Kit. He’s Regina’s right hand man and a super human to boot. But he’s also slightly in love with her and lets his jealousy peek out a bit.

However, I felt things move a little too quickly to make sense. Things seemed to go from battle to battle to battle with little to no rest. And the villain in this story felt a little thin to me. I was a little confused by why he did some of the things he did. There was no real fluidity to his actions.

With that said, I think Sarah Makela created an interesting world and I’ll be very interested to see where she takes it. I’m exceptionally interested in Kit’s story because if you haven’t noticed I might have a little crush on him. So for anyone who likes X-men or Batman or even the ARCO series, you’ll very much enjoy this.

Foreign Affair by Shelli Stevens

Foreign Affair by Shelli Stevens
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Length: Full Length (261 pages)
Genre: Contemporary
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Bittersweet

Revenge can be sweet...and oh so sexy.

Lena Richards’s whirlwind vacation to Europe with a friend is a welcome chance to shake her pre-wedding jitters—until she learns her high-school sweetheart is cheating on her, Hawaiian-style. Figuring all’s fair, she indulges in a fling of her own with a sexy New Yorker she meets in Amsterdam whose kiss blows her mind—and the lid off her hormones.

Tyler Bentz is wary that the petite bombshell, who only a short time ago insisted their one kiss must never happen again, has done a complete 180. His questions only make it clear she’s interested in probing of the sexual kind. Who is he to turn her down?

As they burn their way across Europe, something shifts, and it’s not just the earth moving with their exploding passion. Lena begins to realize what it really means to fall in love. And Tyler finds himself tumbling hard and fast.

Reality catches up with them in Paris, leaving Tyler to wonder if Lena’s really the one, or if he’s nothing more to her than a pawn in her game of revenge.

Ten pages. That is how long it took for me to get completely hooked by Foreign Affair.

The story at first appears to follow a traditional plot in the romance genre: romance sceptic Lena Richards, trapped in a loveless, sexless relationship, will discover there is more to life than a controlling husband to be, and her job as a travel agent. However, as the story progresses, the cliché fades away and the story becomes something very different. Foreign Affair becomes a sweet, erotic tale about a budding relationship filled with lies, half truths, and secrets.

Although some characters, like Tyler’s ex girlfriend (crazy, rich, phony woman), Lena’s fiancée (your usual controlling misogynist jerk), or even Lena’s best friend, Stephanie, (beautiful, stunning, glamorous that made Lena pale in comparison) were a bit stereotypical, the two main characters came off as real live people.

I loved the way Lena becomes flustered around good-looking men and the fact that she’s curvy and not a hottie but simply a cute girl. I adored Tyler for his good looks, his willingness to follow Lena’s rules and especially for his way of making Lena feel special and help her become comfortable in her own skin.

Being realistic, the novel could have ended fifty pages earlier with a happy ending. The final misunderstanding between the characters was terribly frustrating, but it was worth it just to enjoy a few more laughs and to glimpse what the couple could have if they took the step to understand each other.

It was fun to read a story written before the Euro, for it gave the whole setting an even greater romantic perspective. Ms. Stevens does a fantastic job of introducing us into this couple’s world and showing us how gradually their attraction becomes something much more meaningful.

Foreign Affair is definitive must read that will leave you eager to take a trip and search for your own foreign affair.